Popular LINE Sticker Series YOSISTAMP Opens Travel Themed Pop-Up Shop
The YOSISTAMP Premium Shop, a pop-up shop themed on the popular sticker series YOSISTAMP from the LINE messenger app, has been making its way around Japan since 2019. It recently opened inside Abeno Harukas Kintetsu in Osaka.
The store’s merch line-up
The pop-up shop is themed on travel, and fans of the series can get their hands on a cute selection of exclusive merchandise. The shop even has a special photo spot for snapping pictures.
YOSISTAMP Kaputto Premium Shop
Location: Abeno Harukas Kintetsu Wing Building Floor 9F
Address: 1-1-43 Abenosuji, Abeno Ward, Osaka, 545-0052, Japan
Running: June 2, 2021 – June 15, 2021 (Closed Weekends)
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Until 15:00 on 15:00)
*Subject to changes or closure depending on COVID-19
Abeno Harukas Kintetsu Official Website: https://abenoharukas.d-kintetsu.co.jp/
YOSISTAMP Official Website: http://yosistamp.co.jp/
Sanrio Character Ranking 2021 to Announce Winner in Collaboration With Tokyo Girls Collection
Sanrio has announced that the announcement ceremony for the winner of the 2021 Sanrio Character Ranking will take place in collaboration with Tokyo Girls Collection (TGC), a semi-annual fashion festival in Tokyo, on June 8. The event will be streamed live on Hello Kitty and TCG’s respective LINE accounts, as well as Sanrio’s official YouTube account, so that more people can tune in to this year’s announcement and see which of Sanrio’s characters will take the crown.
80 characters are participating in this year’s Sanrio Character Ranking which will be announced in order from 80 to 1. This year also sees the return of the sub-award categories including Collaboration. Hosting the event as MC is tarento and actress Nao Asahi and the Japanese comedy duo Wagyu ga Tsutome.
But the winner announcement is not the only event scheduled for 2021’s ranking. Since this time is a collaboration with TGC, there will be a fashion runway where popular models will show off their looks, a live performance with JO1 and the Sanrio characters, a rap battle, and more.
Fashion Runway: Famous models display the Sanrio character aesthetic
On the fashion stage, a line-up of well-known Japanese models will serve fashion inspired by Sanrio’s most famous characters including My Melody, Kuromi, Little Twin Stars, and Pompompurin.
Marie Iitoyo and Maika Yamamoto will use a real-time composite photography system as they dress up as the adorable My Melody and her rival Kuromi. Serving the dreamy star-filled world of Kiki and Lala are Kaane and Sakura Saiga, Yoshiaki & Michi, and Rikariko. For the Pompompurin section, which is themed on the golden retriever’s daily life, we have Nana Kato, Ami Komuro, Natsuki Deguchi, Sachi Fujii, and Roy. But that’s not all as Sakachin, Yuki Higashihara, and Reina, who won the LINE LIVE auditions to appear on this year’s fashion runway, will also appear.
A heated rap battle between the Sanrio characters
In the rap battle, KIRIMI-chan, Kuromi, Kogimyun, and Pompompurin will go head to head against special guests Tsukasa Saito of comedy duo Trendy Angel and Yuriyan Retriever.
The Sanrio cast join music artists for a concert
The adorable Cinnamoroll, who is also expanding his work as an idol, will perform alongside JO1, while Hello Kitty will sing with singer-songwriter Sonoko Inoue.
A new virtual experience using the latest technology
Japanese digital advertising company CyberAgent, who produced virtual events and 3DCG content, will be using the latest in 3DCG and XR tech to blur the lines between reality and the virtual space with an interactive experience, such as people’s comments on social media and the video displaying in real time, and more.
2021 Sanrio Character Ranking – Winner Announcement
Running: June 8, 2021 @ 19:30-21:30 (JST)
Watch on Hello Kitty’s LINE Account: https://lin.ee/7juKjZs
Watch on TGC’s LINE Account: https://page.line.me/tgc_line
Watch on LINE LIVE: https://live.line.me/channels/21
Watch on Sanrio’s YouTube Page: https://youtu.be/ujzQG0afFnc
Official Website: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/news/mx-ranking2021-20210527/
LINE Disney Tsum Tsum Puzzle Game Breaks 90 Million Downloads
07.May.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Japanese messaging app LINE announced that their casual puzzle game LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum has broken 90 million views. The popular game launched a collaboration with the Star Wars franchise on Tuesday which is set to run until May 31.
LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum is based off Disney’s collectable stuffed toy series. The game launched first in Japan on January 29, 2014, before rolling out to the US, UK, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere on July 1 of the same year. Tsum Tsum and 400-or-so characters are popular around the world with the toys having appeared in Disney films, commercials, at events, and more.
In celebration of the puzzle game reaching 90 million downloads, the Today’s Mission feature is offering a 10x bonus. The game is also collaborating with Star Wars until the end of May where Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper are making an appearance. And for the duration of May, the game’s title logo and background music has been changed into traditional Japanese styles.
Tsum Tsum Tenka Touitsu Event
Another in-game event is also ongoing where players can receive pins and a Princess Minnie by clearing the mission.
©& TM Lucasfilm Ltd.
90 Million Download Celebratory Events
Running: May 4, 2021 – May 31, 2021
LINE Disney Tsum Tsum Official Website: https://www.disney.co.jp/games/dtt.html
Popular Japanese LINE Character Raccos Second Plushie Collection Revealed
01.May.2021 | FASHION
Following the popularity of the first Raccos plushie which released earlier this month, a second collection is being released featuring Penguin, Mage, and Onemu, at the end of May at entertainment facilities in Japan.
Raccos is a character series created by planner and animator Takada Bear of CHOCOLATE Inc.
The characters are popular stamps on the Japanese messaging service LINE. The new plush toys size in at 16cm and are super cute.
Raccos Plushie Collection 2
Release Date: Late May 2021
Official Website: http://f-ch.jp/raccos02/
Furla x LINE FRIENDS Capsule Collection Releases in Japan
29.April.2021 | FASHION
Italian luxury goods company Furla has collaborated with the messenger app LINE to release a capsule collection featuring the LINE FRIENDS characters. The collection was released on April 23 at FURLA Shinjuku Scramble Square, FURLA Lumine Omiya, and FURLA Kinshicho PARCO.
FURLA LINE FRIENDS Capsule Collection
The line-up, which is officially titled FURLA LINE FRIENDS, welcomes the popular LINE FRIENDS original characters BROWN, CONY, and SALLY on seven different items such as micro bags, card cases, and more.
The micro bags, which are in this season, make up the entirety of the characters’ faces and come with adorable leather. They are perfect for coupling with kawaii outfits, adding a sense of accessory to a look. The slim leather ‘envelope’ zip case is multipurpose and serves as a bag-in-bag as it can easily slot away in any handbag. There’s also card cases with zip pockets so your favourite LINE FRIENDS character can keep your cards safe while you’re out and about day and night.
Furla and LINE FRIENDS have also created an original phone wallpaper which can be downloaded.
MICRO BAG | ¥29,700 (Tax Included)
MICRO BAG | ¥29,700 (Tax Included)
MICRO BAG | ¥29,700 (Tax Included)
S ENVELOPE | ¥22,000 (Tax Included)
S ENVELOPE | ¥22,000 (Tax Included)
M CARD CASE | ¥17,600 (Tax Included)
M CARD CASE | ¥17,600 (Tax Included)
FURLA LINE FRIENDS
Released: April 23, 2021
Where: FURLA Shinjuku Scramble Square / FURLA Lumine Omiya / FURLA Kinshicho PARCO
FURLA Official Website: www.furla.com
LINE Friends Themed Cafe Opens in Ikebukuro
The popular LINE Friends characters now have their own pop-up cafe inside Ikebukuro PARCO which is running until April 25. The characters form part of a series of stickers used on the Japanese messaging app LINE which is used by other 200 million people worldwide.
Brown’s Beef Burger | ¥1,250
Lattes | ¥950
LINE FRIENDS Parfaits | ¥1,100 Each
Alphabet Die-Cut Stickers | ¥330 Each
Lunch Tote Bag | ¥1,650
Brown Mug | Available to the first 300 people who visit to the cafe
Join Brown, Cony, and Sally as they serve up a fun and tasty menu along with a collection of merchandise exclusive to the cafe as well as items also sold at the LINE Friends Store.
LINE FRIENDS POP-UP CAFÉ
Running: April 1, 2021 – April 25, 2021
Where: THE GUEST cafe&diner Ikebukuro
Address: Ikebukuro PARCO Floor 7F, 1-28-2 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 171-8557
Official Website: http://the-guest.com/
BT21 T-Shirts Release at AEON Stores in Japan
01.April.2021 | FASHION
AEON’s casual fashion brand Doublefocus has released a collection of t-shirts and tote bags in collaboration with the popular LINE FRIENDS characters BT21 at 100 of their stores in Japan.
BT21 Print T-Shirts A
BT21 Print T-Shirts B
BT21 Print T-Shirts C
BT21 Print T-Shirts D
BT21 are the LINE messenger app characters created by K-pop group BTS. Now fans can be with their favourite characters wherever they go with this special AEON-exclusive collection.
AEON x BT21 Collection
Released: March 27, 2021
Where: Around 100 branches of AEON and AEON Style in Japan (Honshu/Shikoku)
Also available online: https://aeonretail.com/list/f-new-releases-04
Kiii Presents Kagimatsuri Pop-Up Shop Event to be Held in Shibuya
Kiii has announced a pop-up shop event called Kagimatsuri which is set to run at MAGNET by SHIBUYA109 from April 23 to May 9. It will welcome a range of exclusive merchandise by popular Japanese creators, including a selection of items by famous Japanese illustrator Yuuki Kikuchi who is known for his hit 4-panel comic strip series 100 Nichi Go ni Shinu Wani which follows the story of a crocodile who doesn’t know he’s going to die in 100 days. 100 panels were released across 100 days on his Twitter page with the final comic strip garnering over 2 million likes.
Buy Exclusive LINE Stamps
In the run up to the event, a selection of LINE stamps made by eight popular creators is know available for purchase over on the LINE store.
~Kiii Presents~ Kagimatsuri
Japanese Event Name: 〜Kiii Presents〜かぎまつり
Running: April 23, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Where: MAGNET by SHIBUYA109
Address: 1-23-10 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo, 150-0041
Event Page: https://kiii.co.jp/news/6859/
BTS LINE Characters BT21 Collaborate With T-Card
23.March.2021 | FASHION
T-FAN SITE released a collection of T-Cards featuring designs of K-pop group BTS’s popular BT21 characters on March 18. The points cards will also be released at TSUTAYA and Asahiya bookshops across Japan on March 31.
Acrylic Card Stand | ¥4,730 (Tax Included)
Sliding Card Cases (7 Designs) | ¥1,540 (Tax Included)
PVC Watches (7 Designs) | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Eco-Bags With Mini Pouches (7 Designs) | ¥1,980 (Tax Included)
T-Card BT21 includes all seven of the familiar cute faces: KOYA, RJ, SHOOKY, MANG, CHIMMY, TATA, and COOKY. There’s also a collection of exclusive merchandise which will be released at TSUTAYA and Asashiya next Wednesday.
USGMEN x Village Vanguard Clothing Collection Releases
17.March.2021 | FASHION
The popular Japanese LINE sticker character series USGMEN is now taking orders for a new collection of merchandise on Village Vanguard for a limited time. The collection dropped on March 13.
USGMEN White T-Shirt | Medium, Large | ¥4,180 (Tax Included)
USGMEN Yellow T-Shirt | Medium, Large | ¥4,180 (Tax Included)
USGMEN Black Suuetto T-Shirt | Medium, Large | ¥5,830 (Tax Included)
USGMEN Hoodie | Medium, Large | ¥6,380 (Tax Included)
USGMEN Cap | ¥3,630 (Tax Included)
USGMEN Face Mask | ¥1,430 (Tax Included)
USGMEN Clear Pencil Case | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
USGMEN – Usagi & Same Acrylic Key Rings | ¥770 Each (Tax Included)
USGMEN Tote Bag | ¥2,530 (Tax Included)
USGMEN Sacoche | ¥2,420 (Tax Included)
USGMEN x Village Vanguard Collaborative Merchandise
Order Window: March 13, 2021 – March 21, 2021 (Online Orders Only)
Buy Here: https://vvstore.jp/feature/detail/15939/
Collab Details: https://www.village-v.co.jp/news/item/8747
Village Vanguard Official Website: https://www.village-v.co.jp/
Japanese singer-songwriter Mosawo released the music video for his new song Sakurako on Monday (February 22). The song was created by Mosawo together with users of the music streaming service LINE MUSIC.
LINE MUSIC is Japan’s biggest music streaming platform for both Japanese and Western music with over 73 million songs spanning all genres.
Mosawo’s new song Sakurako was written as part of LINE MUSIC’s campaign to create a song about unfulfilled love after graduating school. The song was made based off romantic episodes, photos, and videos submitted by users. It’s written from a female perspective and imagines the girl having been unable to confess her love before graduation.
Speaking about the song and music video, Mosawo said: “I have created something wonderful with people. The song is written and composed based off photos featuring various different facial expressions and backgrounds, and of which there exists only a single of each in the world, as well as romantic stories submitted by people. Thank you all so much.”
In a conversation with LINE MUSIC, he also explained: “I read all of the stories and conversations with the people of LINE MUSIC, but the one that came up the most was that of unfulfilled love. Working with that, I had the idea of cherry blossoms, something tied to spring. The individual petals falling to the ground are reminiscent of falling tears, plus this is a song about separation from the one you love, and that’s how I came up with the song title ‘Sakurako.’ I made it a ballad so it draws out that feeling of unfulfilled love even more.”
“The first and second verses,” he continues, “have a sad tinge to them, but there’s an air of happiness in the chorus too. As for the lyrics, there are parts of the song where they’re unchanged, written exactly as they were submitted, and there are places where they’re changed a little. It was my first time singing lyrics that aren’t my own. It was a challenge, but I think the result is lyrics that capture everyone’s thoughts and feelings in one song.”
Japanese Song Title: 桜恋
Released: February 22, 2021
LINE MUSIC: https://note.linemusic.jp/n/n6f4bb635e200
ONE PIECE LINE Messenger App Stamp Proceeds Donated to Japan’s Front Line Health Care Workers
28.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Johnny’s Smile Up ! Project was set up by Johnny’s Group to contribute towards society and aid in relief activities. In the past, it has helped organise relief activities following such disasters as the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, and Great Eastern Japan Earthquake.
Japanese messaging app LINE supports the project’s work, and so has teamed up with it and Eiichiro Oda, Takuya Kimura, and Kazuya Kamenashi to create ONE PIECE themed ‘donation stamps’ which will be available on LINE from August 27 to November 26.
LINE sells donation stamps every year, with the proceeds going towards providing relief during disasters as well as for children around the world. Since April this year, LINE has supported and cooperated with Johnny’s Smile Up ! Project, and in June released their first collaborative stamps together which were based on the Japanese boy band Kanjani Eight. The two companies are coming together once again to develop ONE PIECE stamps in collaboration with Japanese publisher Shueisha, the creator of ONE PIECE Eiichiro Oda, and singers and actors Takuya Kimura and Kazuya Kamenashi, both of whom are close friends with Oda.
The full stamp set includes 24 stamps for just ¥250 or 100 LINE coins, all of which were sketched and/or conceived by Eiichiro Oda, Takuya Kimura, and Kazuya Kamenashi.
Eiichiro Oda | Comment
“Illustration is a place where one’s personality comes out. Kimura and Kamenashi don’t normally draw pictures, so there was some silliness, but the atmosphere and intention was still ‘Smile Up’! I had fun with them both, and I’m thankful for the size of their hearts. Be sure to try out the stamps!”
Takuya Kimura | Comment
“I am truly honoured to have received Eiichiro Oda-sensei’s approval for the Smile Up ! Project. A lot of the words that are encouraging me these days can be found in ONE PIECE, and I was able to pick out my personal favourites! Definitely take a look!”
Kazuya Kamenashi | Comment
“I am beyond honoured to have been given the chance to participate as a fellow ‘ONE PIECE x Smile Up ! Stamp’ partner. Truth be told, drawing isn’t my forte, but I put my heart into it and had a wonderful time. It was like a dream, a lot of fun. Make sure you all use the stamps!
Johnny’s Smile Up ! Project will use the proceeds for the stamps to support front line health care workers in Japan.
*Comments translated from Japanese by MMN
ONE PIECE x Smile Up ! Stamps
Available: August 27, 2020 – November 26, 2020
Johnny’s Smile Up ! Project
Official Website: https://www.johnny-associates.co.jp/smile_up_project/report-286/
LINE Corportation opened pre-registration for its new PC gaming platform LINE POD on Thursday which will be available to Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, and countries in South East Asia.
LINE POD serves as a single hub where users can access mobile and PC games. Users can log in easily using their LINE accounts and can connect with OpenChat so they can talk with their friends and other users while playing. The service will be available in English, Chinese, Thai, and Indonesian, and will provide the security and service know-how that LINE has honed over its many years of operating a global messaging platform.
Below is a list of the first batch of games set to be available alongside the platform’s launch. More games will be added.
・Free Style: Online street basketball game
・Game of Thrones Winter is Coming: PC strategy game
・ArcheAge: Fantasy sandbox MMORPG
・Hunter’s Arena: Legends: Action RPG and Battle Royale hybrid
・Rebirth Online: Open-world MMORPG
*Pre-registration and release date for each title on LINE POD differs from region to region
LINE POD will offer both free-to-play and pay-to-play games. Users can purchase Coins with which to buy games or game packages.
©LINE PLUS Corp.
Service: PC Game Platform
Release Date: May 2020
Availabe Regions: Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines
Languages: English, Chinese (Traditional), Indonesian, Thai
Games: Free-to-Play & Pay-to-Play options available